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Logan Students Bring Their Pets to School

Leslie Sanroman, Courier Staff Writer

Before they say their final goodbyes, many seniors at James Logan High School have decided to have a little fun by bringing their pets to school.

As part of an organized effort, many students decided on this plan for their last day of senior check out. Word got around to all grades through social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. Students brought in their pets in book bags, strollers, and anything that hid the animal.

However, the school faculty reacted negatively towards this idea. CST’s were ordered to report any students with an animal and send them to the office. Those who did get caught had to take their dogs back home and go on about their days. With that being said, some students were very careful in not getting caught with their pets.

James Logan Senior, Rogelia Sanroman, said “I brought my dog because I’ve always wanted to participate in a bring your pet to school day since elementary school, but never got the chance. I decided that this was the perfect chance to bring my dog for the last day of high school, even if they made me take her home after a couple of hours.”

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Seniors Share Thoughts on Their Last Days

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writer

Senior year is all but over, and as 12th grade students prepare for a new chapter in their lives and await graduation, I decided to ask a few their thoughts of their last days and overall year of k-12 education.

For the most part, a majority feel an overwhelming sense of relief such as Daniel Raanes, “I feel like I’ve been on autopilot this whole year, just waiting for this moment. I’m just so glad it’s all over.” I asked him to reflect upon his favorite part of highschool overall, if any.

“I think it was the first two years, actually. It was a new experience, but it didn’t feel too scary or anything. I got to make a bunch of new friends over those two years mainly, so it made the transition from middle school easier knowing I had people sharing the experience.”

Most seniors seem to share a level of enthusiasm, but there are a few, such as Austin Sanders, with a contrary view. “Honestly, I’m a bit scared. Yeah I can’t wait to have some freedom outside of school, but I’m not completely sure what I want to do further on.” I also asked what his favorite experience was, “I really liked my pharmacy course this year. I’ve always been interested in the subject and I’m glad the school allowed me to experience it. Maybe that’s what I’ll pursue in the future.” I’m sure we can all relate to just a little worry about the future, but it seems the optimism just weighs it out.

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After a 7 Year Wait, Gorillaz Releases its Newest Album

By Cameren Brown, Courier Staff Writer

Gorillaz has always been one of the most interesting bands I’ve ever listened to. They never stay categorized in one genre, and that certainly doesn’t change with their new album, “Humanz.”

Released April 28th, 2017, “Humanz” is their fifth studio album. It was a long awaited return since their last major album, “Plastic Beach”, was released March 3rd 2010. After a long hiatus it may be expected that they’ve lost their touch,  but on the contrary, Gorillaz come back groovier than ever with the same electro-hop, flavored production, and their creative use of aesthetic features.

I think there’s something for everyone on this album, and the singles display that perfectly. If you want a high energy, hip-hop dance track, then you listen to “Ascension” (my personal favorite), which features L.A. rapper Vince Staples. For something more 80’s pop-style, chose “We Got the Power”, and for the more signature electronic sound, “Andromeda”.

The Gorillaz make sure to reach out for new fans while keeping their older fans close. They bring back familiar faces such as De La Soul, who they collaborated with in their break-out 2005 album “Demon Days”, then rake in new talent such as rapper D.R.A.M., who come off his hit with fellow rapper Lil Yachty. This variety is what always attracted me to Gorillaz; even if one song wasn’t necessarily my taste, they pulled me back in with the next track.

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Clash of Clans Makes its Return

By Carlos Velasco, Courier Copy Editor

A short while before it was released, Supercell announced a huge update for Clash of Clans.

The once-popular game, which has been downloaded over 100 million times, may experience a massive resurge in popularity from former players eager to check out the newest update.

Clash of Clans has fulfilled the dreams of many players in a variety of ways. Supercell finally added a “Nighttime” environment where the game, providing a dark and magical contrast to the classic sunny theme we are used to.

This suits the gameplay since players will get a whole new village to play with, and each of the troops have become a little different from before. With the new update, the troops gain unique power ups that you unlock as they are upgraded.

The top-ranked players on the normal village have already made their moves, spending thousands of gems in order to rank up in the new game mode.

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Is Colbert Going Too Far?

By Michael Morales, Courier Staff Writer

The late night television host, Stephen Colbert, has come under fire for making an explicit comment on the relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

On a recent episode of The Late Show, Colbert proclaimed boldly, “The only thing Trump’s mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster”. This comment has drawn a massive amount of controversy from the public.

Colbert is being called a homophobic on many social media platforms, especially Twitter. Many Twitter users have even started a campaign to get Colbert fired from his show, under the hashtag, #FireColbert.

This isn’t the first time people have tried to get Colbert fired–a similar campaign called #CancelColbert was launched in 2014. This time, Colbert was put under fire for a tweet that said, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

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Here’s What Went Down at Prom:

By Courier Copy Editor, Carlos Velasco

One of the most anticipated school related activities among every grade has just passed, and here’s what happened:

On May 13th, Juniors, Seniors, and anyone who was asked, went to spend a night at the James Logan prom. Some students may have spent upwards of a month just preparing for this exciting and memorable event.

Pulling up to the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland was a spectacular sight: a white, classic style, eight-story building with large wooden doors guarding the entrance. At the bottom floor was a room full of refreshments, which was another attraction besides the actual ballroom located on the 4th floor.

Now for the floor, which was the main attraction. Outside was a small opening with drinks and a room full of desserts, then 2 sets of double doors leading to a dark room filled with pulsing bright strobe lights, accompanied by loud dance music.

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Out with the Old, In with the New!

By Karina Patel, Courier Staff Writer

Music is one of the important things in any person’s life, and this year, more music albums are hitting the charts. With thousands of artists releasing their new work, big stars such as Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Halsey, Nickelback, and especially Lorde have been getting lots of hype for their upcoming albums.

Calvin Harris will be releasing his new album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. The album will feature stars like Frank Ocean, Kehlani, Pharrell, Katy Perry, Travis Scott, Big Sean, John Legend, Khalid, Migos, Schoolboy Q, Ariana Grande, Jessie Reyes, and much more. Harris announced the release of the new album with a preview clip on his twitter with the caption, “ALBUM COMING JUNE 30”. With 15,000 retweets and 30,000 likes, fans are eagerly waiting for the 10 new songs Calvin Harris teased about releasing.

Next on the list is Lana Del Rey, who is releasing her new album, Lust for Life. She hasn’t come out with the release date quite yet, but has announced the release date to be March 29, then soon after, shared an album cover on her Instagram page. The album will feature one of her latest songs, Love, as well as collaborations with The Weeknd, Sean Lennon, and Miles Kane. This album is truly special to her fans, “I made my first four albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed,” Lana said in an interview with USA Today.

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Spinners Are the New Kendama

By John Kenneth Macantan, Courier Staff Writer

Well, the new middle school craze has now reached high school.

The latest fad, a fidget spinner, consists of one bearing in the middle to have a grip  and several weights on the side in order to counter the weight as it spins. They are made of various ranging from plastic, stainless steel, brass and titanium.

The spinner was originally designed for kids with ADHD, who tend to have trouble in keeping their focus or fidgeting. It works its magic through the use of release mechanism; any nervous energy caused by stress is all released while utilizing the spinner.

While the spinner definitely has a medical aspect, it is now being used for the pleasure seeing and feeling it spin. As of early 2017, designs have been made to improve its aesthetic look, and some have gone far as to even modify the axis into blades.

Cameren Brown, a Logan student, says “I think it’s just another kendama faze; people will eventually get tired of it and move on.”

Vince Santos, a fidget spinner user, says “It’s fun to use, even when I’m doing something in class, I keep it on my hand while it spins and it rids me of any fidgeting.”

Try out the fidget spinner for yourself, and test out the newest teenage fad today.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3–Worth It?

By Matthew Wong, Courier Staff Writer

On April 25, 2017, CI Games released the third addition to the Sniper: Ghost Warrior series, and it is definitely off to a rocky start.

Unlike its predecessor, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is utilizes a more open and linear world layout. The concept is great, and the sniping experience requires real skill to feel like an actual marksman.

However, the main problem is that the world feels somewhat empty. There are the regular objectives of rescuing hostages and capturing outposts, but only the active missions have more objectives in them.

In addition, the game is marred with glitches, and it requires a whopping five minutes to just load it. The characters’ AI in the game, unfortunately, is not adequately reactive to the certain situations they experience.

Similarly to the Call of Duty series, another inconvenience in the game is that many of the characters are bullet-spongy, allowing them to tank an unrealistic number of shots. As of now, CI Games is updating and working hard to patch up the areas which need improvement.

Personally, I would not recommend this game because the technical issues are excessive, and the story-line is not particularly compelling. Until major updates can completely revamp the game experience, it is something you should stay away from.

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Who Will Win the NBA MVP Race?

By Courier Sports Editor, Jordan McGlory

After averaging a triple double and helping the Thunder (47-35) make the playoffs as the 6th seed, MVP front-runner Russell Westbrook is making a statement in the NBA this year. Westbrook had stellar stats to finish the season off:  31 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds per game.

It has been a very historic season for him this year, having beaten the record of most triple doubles in a season, which was once held by Oscar Robertson. As Westbrook showed his dominance in the league, nobody could compare with his performance, and it even seemed as if his games were too easy. By far, he is the most un-guardable player in the league.

However, he is still being questioned for being MVP because of his team’s record. The closest competition to Westbrook is James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Harden helped his team (55-27) to the third seed in the Western Conference, and he also had a very good individual season himself, averaging 37 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds.

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